VINCI Facilities Building Solutions refurbish, maintain and improve social housing across the UK by working collaboratively with providers and residents.
VINCI Facilities Building Solutions has over 80 years' experience in the UK social housing sector with both public and private landlords. We are quality-driven and customer-centric, and provide financial transparency, service excellence and continuous improvement for residents via digital innovation.
We take pride in being the preferred supplier to all major national frameworks. As well as being ISO 9001 accredited, we have also received two awards from Peabody Quality Housing, including Community Engagement Project of the Year and Outstanding Tenant Engagement.
We have long term relationships with housing associations and councils including Sandwell Council, Camden Council, Peabody, One Housing Group, and Sanctuary. In commencing the Decent Homes Project with Sandwell Council, we marked 15 consecutive years of collaboration, completing over 57,000 property improvements in that time.
Annually, we contribute over £16m worth of real social value in communities across the UK, which we define in line with Social Value UK principles. As well as providing local employment through our supply chain, we recycle 97% of our waste and currently have a Lost-Time Injury/RIDDOR rate of zero.
Simon Parry, Business Manager
Building Solutions’ partnership with Camden Council began with the firm delivering small works up to £500k in value as part of the council’s Better Homes framework. Following that success, Building Solutions has since been appointed to the council’s Property Works framework, which sees it deliver works up to £5m in value.
The contract benefits from a dedicated Resident Liaison Manager, who meets residents regularly to discuss the works and address any areas of concern.
A proactive and flexible team ensure that any challenges are swiftly addressed. For example, when two tower blocks unexpectedly received fire notices for failing to meet requirements, the team revised the schedule of works to prioritises the two buildings and successfully made them safe and compliant within just two months.
Building Solutions has assigned a 30-strong team of experts to this £75m 10-year contract, enabling a swift response to any situation.
As the housing estates remain occupied during the refurbishments, the team includes dedicated Resident Liaison Officers, who ensure that residents are informed and involved throughout the works.
Building Solutions strives to continually create cost savings for the client. For example, when roof works were required at Peabody’s Lomond Grove estate, the team challenged the need for scaffolding, instead suggesting an edge protection solution that, in turn, shaved 12 weeks off the programme and delivered cost savings of £16k.
Demonstrating a sector-leading commitment to CSR, Building Solutions has invested £336k+ in Peabody’s community programmes to date, including an award-winning early-learning literacy programme.
Building Solutions has secured ten contracts with the council worth a total of £202m. These contract include replacement windows, externals, aids/adaptations, void works, and the council’s Decent Homes programme.
Since the partnership commenced 15 years ago, Building Solutions is the only contractor that’s remained continually appointed by the council, enabling it to lend stability to the transformation of the housing stock.
To maximise the efficiency of the works, Building Solutions heavily invests in digital technologies. This has included issuing tablets to all colleagues and utilising Microsoft’s PowerBI in order to provide real-time performance analysis.
In an exemplary commitment, Building Solutions’ work goes further than simply refurbishing the properties, with the organisation delivering £3.47m worth of social value activities across Sandwell since the partnership began.